ABC to close Live Well Network

Turns out Live Well Network wasn’t living well after all. ABC announced Monday it was shuttering its food, fashion, and travel diginet after nearly six years on the air. ABC carried Live Well on its .2 channel in 720p on its owned-stations, one of the rare digital subchannels to be presented in HD. In a statement, ABC Owned Television President […]

Grab Bag: CBS in lead to snare Cubs’ radio rights

  * As first reported by Ed Sherman in Wednesday’s Chicago Tribune, CBS Corp. is the leading candidate to land the radio rights to the Chicago Cubs in 2015 and beyond. The most likely destination would be WBBM-AM, who already hold rights to the Chicago Bears and whose sports station (WSCR) holds rights to the Chicago White Sox. Current rights-holder […]

WLS-TV names John Idler new president and GM

John Idler has been named President and General manager to succeed Emily Barr at ABC-owned WLS-TV here in Chicago. Idler takes over the position immediately, from a similar post at ABC-owned WTVD in Raleigh-Durham, NC. Barr left WLS a few weeks ago in order to take an executive position with Post-Newsweek TV station group, succeeding retiring Alan Frank. Idler takes […]

Emily Barr exits WLS-TV

Emily Barr, who has led ABC-owned WLS-TV here in Chicago as vice president and general manager, is exiting the station after fifteen years for a post with Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. Barr is replacing current President and CEO Alan Frank, who is retiring after thirty years with the company. Post-Newsweek (a divison of the Washington Post Co.) is a chain of […]

WLS-TV to replace "Oprah" with live, local morning show

In news first reported Tuesday morning on Robert Feder’s blog at Vocalo, ABC-owned WLS-TV has announced plans to replace The Oprah Winfrey Show, which departs first-run syndication on September 9, 2011: The station is developing a live, local morning show to take her place. There is no word yet on a host or format, but it is expected to be […]

Living Well HD is doing… um, well

ABC’s new high-definition subchannel network titled Live Well HD is certainly doing well in this tough economy (believe it or not, it’s already profitable.) So much so, it has expanded its programming lineup effective yesterday. In addition to the six health-and-beauty related programs to its lineup, the nine-month old channel adds Mary Talks Money, a show produced by ABC-owned WPVI […]

ABC O&Os add lifestyle channel

The ABC O&Os are turning their digital sub-channels to the Live Well HD network. WLS-TV – along with nine other O&Os – are launching Live Well HD, a network airing six original (yes, original) health-related programs, including Let’s Dish (a cooking show featuring Chris Koteke, the dean of the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College) and Mirror, Mirror, a […]